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Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist Salary

Medical technologists work behind the scenes, performing a range of tasks that deal with preparing, studying and analyzing laboratory specimens. From microscopic to hematological analysis, medical technologists prepare tissues, body fluids and other items to be tested in various laboratory settings, including physician offices, hospitals, clinical labs and more.

Medical technologists are also commonly known as medical laboratory technologists, clinical laboratory technologists, and clinical scientists.

Salary overview for medical technologists

The national median salary for medical technologists was $58,430 in 2013, according to earnings data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov). Because wages can be impacted by numerous factors including location, experiencing and certifications, salaries for medical technologists ranged from approximately $39,000 to $80,000 in 2013.

The national salary breakdown by earning percentile in 2013 is as follows:

  • 10% - up to $39,940
  • 25% - $49,100
  • Median - $58,5430
  • 75% - $69,900
  • 90% - at least $80,820

Complementing the wage data from the BLS is a 2013 salary report from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). The ASCP report details both annual and hourly wages for medical technologists, medical laboratory scientists and clinical laboratory scientists. National average salaries for medical and clinical laboratory technicians varied by title and position, according to ASCP:

  • Staff: $56,430
  • Lead: $64,085
  • Supervisor/Manager: $77,113
  • Laboratory Director: $92,946

The highest paying settings, per hour, for medical technologists included the following:

  • Physician's office laboratory: $24.99
  • Hospital (<100-299 beds): $30.89
  • Hospital (300-499 beds): $35.17
  • Hospital (>500 beds): $35.36

Best paying states for clinical laboratory scientists

The best states for medical technologist annual incomes included California ($79,710), Connecticut ($70,110), Massachusetts ($69,000), New Jersey ($65,930) and Vermont ($65,630), according to income data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Medical technologists earned salaries greater than the national average in 20 states, taking home between $58,530 and $79,710. Overall, the top ten paying states in 2013 included the following:

  1. California: $79,710
  2. Connecticut: $70,110
  3. Massachusetts: 69,000
  4. New Jersey: $65,930
  5. Vermont: $65,630
  6. Alaska: $65,450
  7. Rhode Island: $65,160
  8. Oregon: $64,950
  9. New York: $64,440
  10. Nevada: $63,750

The remaining thirty states had annual average salaries spanning from South Carolina ($44,930) to Montana ($58,510). The lowest paying states include Arkansas ($49,150), New Mexico ($48,340) and South Carolina ($44,930).

Employment projections for medical and clinical laboratory technologists

The medical technology and clinical science field is quickly growing and expanding nationally. In fact, the BLS projects 22 percent job growth in the US between 2012 and 2022. Texas (13,160), California (10,240) and New York (9,830) had the largest number of medical technologists employed in 2013, according to BLS employment data.

The top ten states for total employment of medical technologists in 2013 included:

  1. Texas: 13,160
  2. California: 10,240
  3. New York: 9,830
  4. Florida: 9,370
  5. Pennsylvania: 8,600
  6. Michigan: 7,000
  7. Ohio: 6,440
  8. Massachusetts: 6,310
  9. Illinois: 6,080
  10. Georgia: 5,300

ON the other hand, the best employment opportunities are projected to be in Utah (26.1%), Texas (23.3%) and Colorado (22.3%) between 2012 and 2022. The top ten states for total employment growth for medical technologists between 2012 and 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics includes the following:

  1. Utah: 26.1%
  2. Texas: 23.3%
  3. Colorado: 22.3%
  4. Alaska: 21.8%
  5. Indiana: 21%
  6. Washington: 20.2%
  7. Virginia: 19.9%
  8. Idaho: 19.7%
  9. Arizona: 19.6%
  10. Minnesota: 17.3%

With growing employment opportunities and above average salary potential, becoming a medical technologist is a career path that prospective students may want to consider.

Sources

American Medical Technologist, Certifications, http://www.americanmedtech.org/GetCertified.aspx

National Society for Histotechnology, 2013 Wage Survey of Clinical Laboratories in the US, http://www.nsh.org/sites/default/files/2013%20ASCP%20Wage%20Survey.pdf

Bureau of Labor Statistics, OOH, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm

Bureau of Labor Statistics, OES, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292011.htm

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